Title: Founder and Emeritus Chief Executive Officer
Company: Getting Out and Staying Out
Location: New York, New York, United States
Mark L. Goldsmith, Founder and Emeritus Chief Executive Officer at Getting Out and Staying Out, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nonprofit organization management.
Getting Out and Staying Out (GOSO) is a workforce development nonprofit organization, which was founded by Mr. Goldsmith in 2003. With a focus on young men incarcerated or had involvement in the criminal justice system, GOSO has aided more than 1,000 young men between the ages of 16 and 24 per year in achieving educational goals and obtaining jobs that have led to robust careers. Now a pioneer in reentry programs in the New York City area through the collaboration with public defenders, community advocates, and the courts, GOSO is prided on their intervention of at-risk men with a goal to prevent recidivism. Mr. Goldsmith initially entered the field through his involvement with the Horizon Academy at Rikers Island.
A former executive of multiple cosmetic companies, Mr. Goldsmith draws upon a Bachelor of Arts from New York University from 1963 and a Master of Business Administration from the City College of New York from 1964. Currently working toward his first book, titled “How to Move from a Corporate Entrepreneur to a Social Entrepreneur: The Differences between For-Profit and Not-for-Profit,” he was also instrumental in signing the Criminal Justice Reform First Step Act by the president of the United States.
In light of his success, Mr. Goldsmith has been recognized with the Encore.org Purpose Prize and a Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship. In addition, he earned the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Manhattan Institute in 2012, and GOSO won the Mutual of America Community National Partnership Award. Notably, he was invited to attend the White House’s Summit on Reentry Services, where GOSO was celebrated as a noteworthy re-entry program to be implemented nationwide.
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